YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C AUTUMN'S SHADOW ON THE ARAB SPRING OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 7 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—112 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE CBI DETAINS SIX PERSONS IN HOWRAH MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The Central agency has so far filed 34 FIRs and made three arrests in connection with the post-poll violence cases - two in Nadia and one in North 24 Parganas. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as part of its probe into cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal, detained six persons on Monday for their alleged involvement in several criminal offences, agency sources said. According to the sources, a team of CBI officials visited Howrah district in the morning and detained all six of them from Domjur area. The Central agency has so far filed 34 FIRs and made three arrests in connection with the post-poll violence cases two in Nadia and one in North 24 Parganas. The Calcutta High Court had, on August 19, ordered that probe into cases of alleged rape and murder in the aftermath of the Assembly elections be held by the CBI, taking note of an NHRC report in the matter. The West Bengal government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order that directed a court-monitored CBI investigation into the cases. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,035,200 TOTAL DEATHS: 440,894 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 221,785,447 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,585,662 INDIA, AUSTRALIA NAVY EXERCISE TO PROMOTE STABILITY IN INDO-PACIFIC REGION Morning India JU teachers’ body urges Bengal government to vaccinate students, re-open varsity MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: An association of teachers of Jadavpur University (JU) on Monday wrote to West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu, urging him to take immediate steps for COVID vaccination of students and researchers to reopen the institute. In the first phase, final year students can be allowed to attend physical classes in separate batches after administering vaccine jabs to them, Jadavpur University Teachers' Association said in a letter to Basu. It also requested him to allow resumption of research activities in the varsity. "We demand immediate COVID-19 vaccination for research scholars and students as a preparatory step for re-opening the campus," JUTA general secretary Partha Pratim Roy said. Demanding commencement of physical classes for students whose studies have suffered for almost 18 months, the teachers' body also urged the minister to allow oncampus inoculation camps for those who have not received jabs. Roy said online teaching cannot be alternative to physical classes, and laboratory-based subjects cannot be taught through virtual mode. "You might be aware that instruments are lying idle at our university's laboratories for a long time. Many are no longer functioning properly. If these high-value instruments are not used, it leads to a loss of lakhs of rupees, which is a sheer wastage of public money," the teachers' body said in the letter to Basu. Meanwhile, a section of JU students owing allegiance to SFI and other unions on Monday held a demonstration in front of the administrative building of the varsity, demanding re-opening the campus and shouted slogans against the authorities. Presidency University Students' Union also submitted a memorandum to the authorities and demanded on-campus vaccination for free. Noting that inoculation of students will facilitate the resumption of activities on the campus, the SFI-controlled students' body said, "It has been 539 days since closing down our campus due to the COVID-19 outbreak." Alleging that the university authorities have not made efforts to re-open the institute even though the second wave of COVID-19 subsided, the union's president Mimosa Ghorai said the administration must form a committee to discuss and take decisions on restarting of on-campus activities. The union urged the authorities to provide access to library services as students are facing problems without the facility. SFI also organised a demonstration in front of the main gate of Presidency University to press for its demands. FOURTH TEST: INDIA WIN BY 157 RUNS, TAKE 2-1 LEAD IN SERIES LONDON: India pulled off a sensational 157-run win in the fourth Test against England, only their secondever at The Oval and first at the venue after 1971, to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series. This is also only the second time in history -- after 1986 -- that India have won two Tests on one tour of England. They had beaten England by 151 runs in the second Test at Lord's last month. England had resumed the fifth and final day strongly placed at 77 without loss and even though they lost a couple of wickets in the first session, they had moved to 131/2 and looked good to draw the Test. However, within 35 balls, between overs 61.3 and 67.2, pacer Jasprit Bumrah (2/27) and spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/50) turned the game in India's favour, sharing four wickets to spear the heart of England batting. Jadeja removed opener Haseeb Hameed (63 off 193) through one that turned from the rough and clipped his off-stump. BRIEF SCORES: INDIA 191 AND 466 VS ENGLAND 290 AND 210 ALL OUT IN 92.2 OVERS (RORY BURNS 50, HASEEB HAMEED 63, JOE ROOT 36, JASPRIT BUMRAH 2/27, R JADEJA 2/50, UMESH YADAV 3/60, SHARDUL THAKUR 2/22) Bumrah then hit England with a double whammy as he breached the defences of Ollie Pope (2) and Jonny Bairstow (0) in his successive overs. Jadeja then picked Moeen Ali caught bat-pad. Virtual courts suit some lawyers, some suffer, says SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought the stand of the Bar Council of India and the Supreme Court Bar Association on a plea seeking to declare that the right to access to virtual courts in the conduct of any case proceeding is facet of a fundamental right guaranteed in the Constitution. A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, B.R. Gavai and B.N. Nagarathna observed that virtual courts suit some senior counsel, who, sitting in their office, argue in several cases but a majority of lawyers are suffering. It sought response from the bar bodies in four weeks while refusing to stay the Uttarakhand High Court's August 16 order, declaring that court will resume physical hearing and no request for virtual hearing will be entertained. The plea has been filed by All India Jurists Association, a body of 5,000 lawyers, and others. Senior advocate Sidharth West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the prestigious Durand Cup football tournament on Sunday. At the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) she is seen with the State Sports Minister Arup Biswas (L), Manoj Tiwari (R) and one of the patrons of Mohammedan Sporting Club Md. Qamruddin (second from left). Luthra, appearing for the petitioner, stressed on continuation of hybrid hearing as it will be a relief for the litigants. He added that litigants will save cost on the lawyers to travel and also reduce the carbon footprint. The bench queried: "How will young lawyers learn? In court, there is an eye-to-eye contact and the matter in which you argue is also effective." It also pointed out that there is a difference between online and offline courts. Luthra submitted that the hybrid option should continue. At this, the bench pointed out that some countries have resorted to the use of artificial intelligence in decision making. "But we've said clearly that it can't be used in Indian courts," it added. The top court also pointed out that the Bar Council of India Chairman on Saturday, during a function, said that lawyers are suffering due to virtual hearings. Counsel, however, empha- sised that hybrid hearing should continue as access to justice is a fundamental right. After hearing arguments, the bench said: "We will issue notice to the BCI and the SCBA. Let's see what their response is." On the aspect of staying the high court order, the bench said: "We've seen the order but we're not going to stay it." The plea had said: "The virtual court has been proscribed, by directing that no such request shall be entertained. Pertinently, the copy of the said letter has been forwarded to the Registrar Generals of all the High Courts, with an anticipation of issuance of similar such orders by other High Courts of the country." It argued that the high court's order is a death knell for the idea of virtual courts, which is an accessible, affordable justice in the country being propagated by the e-committee of the top court. England went from 141/2 to 147/6. A 35-run partnership between Joe Root (36) and Chris Woakes (18) kept England alive. But then Root was unlucky to be bowled off Shardul Thakur as he chopped the ball onto the stumps. Woakes followed at the stroke of tea, caught at midwicket off Umesh Yadav (3/60). India had picked six wickets in the session between lunch and tea. They mopped up the tail quickly post-tea. The victory was through a remarkable turnaround for India as they had been bowled out for 191 in the first innings. But they managed to restrict England's first-innings lead to just 99 runs on a placid wicket. Virat Kohli's men then ensured better batting in second innings. The top three batsmen shone and India, with contribution from middle and lower order took the total to 466 and set England a target of 368 to win. It was too much for England to handle. Shardul Thakur was the silent performer who made the difference as he hit fifties in both innings and picked three crucial wickets. The first innings half-century took India to 191 and the second innings fifty helped him stitch a 100-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Rishabh Pant and took the lead beyond 300. Rohit Sharma scored his maiden overseas Test century in the second innings. Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli chipped in with a fifty each. Umesh Yadav, making a comeback, took six wickets while Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets in the game. DURGA PUJA COMMITTEES CUT COSTS TO SUPPORT ORPHANS, POOR MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: With West Bengal still recovering from the ravages of the COVID-19 second wave and cyclone Yaas, several Durga Puja committees here have decided to allot a portion of this year's budget for humanitarian causes. Samajsebi Sangha, one of the big-budget pujas in the city, said it would bear a year's educational and medical expenses of 10 children orphaned due to COVID-19, as part of its project 'Sneho'. 'Puja is all about serving humanity. We have decided to shun all pomp and show this Durga Puja. In our locality, a child lost both his parents to the second wave. 'Our members have unanimously decided to chip in for 10 such children... those deprived of 'sneho' (affection) by a sudden cruel blow of fate,' Arijit Moitra, the committee's general secretary, said. Lauding the initiative, Rashbehari MLA Debashis Kumar said Goddess Durga will be happier, if the puja organisers reach out to the poor and the needy. He promised to extend all possible support to the Samajsebi puja committee. The popular College Square Durga Puja committee will be distributing books and toys among children in the Sunderbans region, where two cyclones have wreaked havoc in the course of a year. 'Our team will visit Chhoto Mollakhali area in Sunderbans on October 3 to hand over books and games to children. We will give extravagant illumination a miss this year,' one of the organisers said. The Bhawanipore 75 Pally has decided to come to the aid of 'Chhau' artistes of Purulia district, who have been badly hit by lockdown. 'Chhau', a traditional dance form, has performers retelling episodes of Ramayana, Mahabharata and the puranas, donning colourful costumes and masks. 'Many artistes and craftsmen are facing financial hardships as festivals and fairs have been called off across the country amid the pandemic. We will do our bit to help at least some of them,' Subir Das, secretary of Bhawanipore 75 Pally, said.